Southborough's Cummings fights poverty through education in South Africa

Cummings and the amazing bead-crafter Mrs. Banda enjoy a laugh in South Africa

Cummings and the amazing bead-crafter Mrs. Banda enjoy a laugh in South Africa

UP is grateful to journalist Karen Bento for the time and energy she devoted to capturing the mission of Universal Promise, its origins, and its myriad accomplishments over the first five years of existence.

Ms. Bento's two-part article highlighted what motivated Southborough native and UP Director, Martha T. Cummings, to found the nonprofit organization as well as some of the elements in her Southborough upbringing that may have inspired her.

Cummings, who is a private tutor in Rhode Island, tells the story of a student who, in responding to an SAT prompt about philanthropy, was asked if charity should begin at home. The student answered, "If you're walking down the beach, and you see a child drowning, are you going to ask him where he is from before you jump in to save him?" 

Cummings hopes that the articles will spread the unparalleled power of true philanthropy not only toward Universal Promise but to all organizations with an understanding of the importance and vitality of empathy.

Click here to read the second installment.